74% believe that the Kashmir issue must be resolved before peaceful ties can be established with India,Poll

August 30, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, most Pakistanis (74%) believe that the Kashmir issue must be resolved before peaceful ties can be established with India.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Do you think the Kashmir issue must necessarily be resolved before peaceful ties can be established with India or can peace be established between the two countries regardless?” Responding to this, 74% said resolution of the Kashmir issue was necessary for peaceful ties to be established whereas 25% said peace could be achieved regardless. 1% chose not to respond.

The findings of this poll tally closely with the revelations of a Gallup Pakistan survey conducted in December 2012, when once again the majority of Pakistanis (76%) said the resolution of the Kashmir issue was an essential prerequisite to establishing peace with India.

The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2639 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during July 16, 2013 – July 22, 2013. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.